Does it make sense to put an expensive case on a low-cost device like the Google Nexus 7 2nd generation tablet? We don’t think so, and that’s why we love the Poetic Nexus 7 case for the 2nd generation Nexus 7. While the Poetic SlimLine case doest cost a lot at a bit under $20, it feels like a nice case that’s attractive and doesn’t turn a thin tablet into a brick (like so many low-cost folio style cases).
The Poetic SlimLine ($16.95 direct) looks a lot like the Apple Smart Cover or Smart Case with colorful cover options and the three folds that fold into a triangle. Users can prop up their Nexus 7 at steep angle for watching video or typing on a Bluetooth connected keyboard or at a lower angle better for reading or typing on the screen.
The cover of the SlimLine will function like the Apple Smart Case or Cover by turning off the screen when the user closes the case and waking it up when open. Three potent magnets grab the edge of the cover to hold it in place. Inside the cover we get a micro-fiber lining to protect the screen. Like the Apple cover, the SlimLine leaves two lines behind where the cover doesn’t touch the fingerprint-filled screen, leaving the skin oils behind. The case structure uses black polyurethane to protect the tablet. It’s sturdy and keeps the ports and buttons free.
Our red Poetic Slimline case looks nice despite the low-cost. Poetic offers a nice case for under $10 to $20 that doesn’t add much bulk and adds functionality, like propping the tablet as a stand and waking/sleeping the screen. We wonder if it will hold up to rigorous use over a long time, but for this price get two or even three for matching different outfits.
Order the Poetic Slimline case for the second generation Google Nexus 7 directly from Poetic. The case comes in black, white, light blue, green, red, magenta, navy and lavender. Even better, save $7 by ordering it at Amazon.